The first Maryland Antique Fire Apparatus Muster was held at College Park, Maryland. This initial event was organized by Frank Tremel and Mal Sarna and was hosted by the CPVFD (College Park Volunteer Fire Department) Ladies Auxiliary. Six rigs attended the first muster.
CAFAA (Chesapeake Antique Fire Apparatus Association) was organized. Officers were elected with Mal Sarna serving as President, Curt Elie as Vice President and Steve Heaver, Jr. as Secretary-Treasurer.
April 17, 1971
The second Maryland Antique Fire Apparatus Muster was held and co-hosted by CAFAA and CPVFD Ladies Auxiliary. Thirteen rigs were in attendance.
May 7, 1971
CAFAA was chartered as the 8th chapter of SPAAMFAA (Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America). The elected officers and Directors under the new charter were Mal Sarna, President; Frank Tremel, Vice President and Steve Heaver, Jr. Secretary-Treasurer, with Steve Heaver, Sr. and Joe Cavanaugh serving as Directors.
June 3, 1972
The third Maryland Antique Fire Apparatus Muster was again held at College Park and co-hosted by CAFAA and CPVFD Ladies Auxiliary. Thirteen rigs attended this event.
May 12, 1973
The fourth Maryland Antique Fire Apparatus Muster was held at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for the first time. The muster was now hosted only by CAFAA.
January 22, 1974
The Chesapeake Antique Fire Apparatus Association was incorporated in the State of Maryland.
As the Inner Harbor was being transformed from a neglected working port to a shining retail market place, the musters were moved from pier to pier over the next several years. In 1981 the muster site was moved to Fort McHenry, home of the Star Spangle Banner, and was continued there until 1984. The next move was to Culler Lake in Frederick, Maryland where it shared the spotlight with other events on the Saturday before Mother’s Day every year. In 2001 the muster site was moved to the historic Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, Maryland. The farm museum provides acres of space for static displays, a private pond for drafting, food vendors, museum buildings tours and demonstrations of crafts from the past.
From 1990 to 1999 Fall Musters were held at Allen Pond, a community pond and center, located in Bowie, Maryland. The 2000 Fall Muster was greatly missed when the Allen pond location suddenly became unavailable. Fall Musters resumed again in September of 2001 at the Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville, Maryland. In September 2002 the Fall Muster was again held at the Fire Museum. In 2003 the Fall Muster was relocated to the former US Naval Academy Dairy Farm in Gambrills, Maryland. With the demise of the commercial operation running the dairy farm, the Fall Muster returned to the Fire Museum of Maryland in the fall of 2004.
From the ranks of CAFAA have come two SPAAMFAA Presidents – Steve Heaver, Jr. and Frank Tremel, and several other national officers and directors. CAFAA’s Paula Tremel served as SPAAMFAA membership secretary from 1976 – 198X, the first woman to hold a national SPAAMFAA office.
1970 - 1972---- Malcolm L. Sarna
1973 - 1977---- Frank S. Tremel Jr.
1978 - 1980---- C. Richard Fox
1981 - 1982---- Richard P Lane
1983 - 1984---- Malcolm L. Sarna
1984 - 1985---- William R. Radisch
1986 - 1987---- Frank Schmersal
1988 - 1989---- Stephen G. Heaver
1990 - 2002---- Frank S. Tremel
2003 - 2004---- Robert E. Alexander
2005 - Present ---- Frank S. Tremel